The Friday E-Pistle (June 13, 2014)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Peter's Pence Special collection: June 29

All parishes in the Diocese of Austin are to take up a special collection for Peter’s Pence at all Masses on the weekend of June 28-29. The following announcement should be read before all Masses that weekend:

  • The Peter’s Pence Collection is taken up worldwide to support the most disadvantaged -- victims of war, oppression, natural disasters and others in need of emergency assistance. Pope Francis has asked us to “care for those who are in need of attention, understanding and help, to bring them the warm closeness of God’s love through tangible actions of sensitivity, of sincere affection and of love.” The Holy Father uses the Peter’s Pence Collection to strengthen dioceses, religious orders and struggling communities of faith when they need it most.
  • La Colecta de los Peniques de Pedro se recoge a nivel mundial para apoyar a los menos privilegiados – víctimas de guerra, opresión, desastres naturales y otras personas necesitadas de asistencia de emergencia. El Papa Francisco nos ha pedido que “cuidemos de aquellos que necesitan atención, entendimiento y ayuda, para llevarles la cálida cercanía del amor de Dios a través de acciones sensibles, de sincero afecto y amor”. El Santo Padre usa la Colecta de los Peniques de Pedro para fortalecer diócesis, órdenes religiosas y comunidades de fe en pleno conflicto  cuando más lo necesitan.

Catholic Night at the Round Rock Express

Catholic Night at the Round Rock Express will be Aug. 18 at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Father James Misko, pastor at Christ the King Parish in Belton, will throw the first pitch. All Catholics are invited to attend. Special-priced tickets are $10 and $5. For more information and a fundraising opportunity, see this flier.


Reflection question

Gospel Meditation

Please consider using the following meditation for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29):

  • Today’s Gospel reading is the basis for our modern papacy. How often do you remember the pope in prayer?
  • La lectura del Evangelio de hoy es la base de nuestro papado moderno ¿Qué tan a menudo recuerda usted al Papa en sus oraciones?

Please consider using the following meditation for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 6):

  • Jesus offers us refreshment from our labor and troubles in today’s Gospel. What is weighing you down that you can lay at Jesus' feet?
  • Jesús nos ofrece un descanso de nuestras labores y problemas en el Evangelio de hoy ¿Qué va usted cargando que puede dejar a los pies de Jesús?


Communications Office

E-Pistle schedule

The E-Pistle will not be published on Friday, June 20. The next edition of the E-Pistle will be published on June 27.


Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center

June 28: Meditación sobre la Santísima Trinidad

(Please note: this retreat is offered only in Spanish.) Redescubran a la Santísima Trinidad como una comunión de amor, y nuestro llamado a entrar y vivir en esta comunión. Le invitamos a este retiro donde meditaremos las maneras de cómo podemos atraer a la gente a esta comunión y cómo mantener la unidad en nuestras comunidades. A través de la eucaristía podemos llegar a ser la imagen de Dios en el mundo, esa imagen que Jesus anhelaba cuando dijo: "Permite, oh Padre, que alcancen la perfección En la unidad, y así el mundo reconozca que tú me enviaste y que los has amado a ellos tal como me has amado a mí."  El costo es $25. Haga clic aquí para registrarse.

July 10: Ministry & Difficult People

All of us are called to be ministers of the “Gospel of Joy,” to allow the light of Christ to shine through us and onto others. How do we recognize the signs, challenges and trials in people we encounter, who we find difficult to love fully? And, how do we respond to see Christ in them? Father Ed Koharchik, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Austin, will present the day. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. Click here to register.


Pro-Life Activities and Chaste Living Office

Gabriel Angel Training – Save-the-Date

On Saturday, June 28, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Austin will host a Gabriel Project Angel training. Class will begin at 9 a.m. and will include lunch and materials. For more information on becoming a Gabriel Angel or to register, contact Briana Feiler at (512) 949-2488.

Fortnight for Freedom

The third annual Fortnight for Freedom campaign will be June 21 through July 4. To emphasize the link between religious liberty and service to the poor and vulnerable through the theme of Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve, we invite all Catholics of the Diocese of Austin to participate in service opportunities available during the Fortnight for Freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom two-week special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action emphasizes both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. See the Diocese of Austin or USCCB websites for a list of recommended activities for parishes.

Austin Prayer Vigil

Prayer angels meet the third Saturday of the month for the Austin Prayer Vigil to show their respect for life. Everyone is invited to join the next Prayer Vigil on June 21 at 7:30 a.m. at St. Ignatius Martyr Parish in Austin. Contact Paul Kroschewsky at (512) 799-3073 for more information.

Vigilia de Oración en Español

El Team South Austin (Equipo del Sur de Austin) el cual incluye a parroquias del Decanato de la zona Sur se une a parroquianos de Cristo Rey y Santa Bárbara cada sábado a las 7 a.m. por una hora para conducir una Vigilia de Oración en Español en el centro de abortos de Austin Women's Health localizado en 1902 S IH 35 en Austin.  Todos son bienvenidos a acompañarlos en esta expresión de amor por la vida. Para mayor información, por favor llame al Padre John Calgaro, O.F.M. Conv. al (512) 477-1099.


Finance Office

Special Collection money due

Please send funds collected for Catholic Relief Services, taken up March 29-30, to the diocesan Finance Office as soon as possible. Send checks to Finance Office, Diocese of Austin, 6225 Highway 290 East, Austin, TX 78723.


Vocations Office

Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis (Latin for “Where are you going?”) will be held from June 28 at 10 a.m. to June 29 at 4 p.m. at St. Thomas More Parish in Austin. This is a two-day retreat designed to help young men in high school grow spiritually and allow them to think and pray about what God might be asking them to become. The retreat is for incoming freshmen to incoming seniors from throughout the Diocese of Austin. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the themes of prayer, virtue, leadership, and discernment. The retreat includes Mass, adoration, time for fun and recreation, and the opportunity to get to know other young men pursuing holiness. The retreat is staffed by seminarians preparing for the priesthood and is co-sponsored by the Diocese of Austin Vocation Office and the St. Thomas More Parish Vocation Committee. The cost is $15. For more information, visit or call the Vocation Office at (512) 949-2430.


Religious Education and Formation

Prayer books in Braille

The Office of Religious Education and Formation has copies of the Diocese of Austin Prayer book available in Braille.  The cost of the book is $10 each, which includes shipping. To order contact Carolyn Martinez at (512) 949-2461.


Weekly notes

Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29):

  • For our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all bishops …
  • Por nuestro Santo Padre, el Papa Francisco, y todos los obispos...

Please consider Bishop Vásquez’ prayer intention for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 6):

  • For our nation and all of its elected and appointed officials …
  • Por nuestra nación y todos sus oficiales nombrados y electos...

Blessings and congratulations to …

The following priests on the anniversary of their ordination during the month of July: Rev. Francis KS Chung, July 5, 1993; Rev. Kevin Rai, July 6, 1974; Rev. Joseph Sae Eul Kim , July 7, 1984; Very Rev. Christopher Ferrer JCL, July 7, 2001; Rev. Roman Burgos TOR, July 7, 2002; Rev. Leon Strieder, July 10, 1976; Rev. Larry Heimsoth, July 10, 1999; Rev. Dimitrij Colankin, July 11, 1976; Rev. David Leibham, July 11, 1987; Very Rev. Michael O'Connor, July 13, 1985; Rev. Donald Moss, July 19, 1986; Rev. Timothy Vaverek, July 20, 1985; Rev. Dean Wilhelm, July 23, 1988; and Rev. Boniface Onjefu, July 25, 1998.


Ethics and Integerity in Ministry

Upcoming EIM Basic and Refresher Workshops

EIM Basic and Refresher Workshops are scheduled on a quarterly basis by the EIM Office, coordinating with the EIM site administrator at parishes, schools and other diocesan agencies. Staff of any site wishing to host a workshop must coordinate with their EIM site administrator. The EIM site administrator should make all workshop requests on the Workshop Request Table. Additional workshops will not be added to the EIM workshop calendar unless the EIM Office determines a particular need. EIM site administrators may direct inquiries about EIM workshop scheduling to Emily Hurlimann or Colleen Schiller in the EIM Office at (512) 949-2400.

For general information about EIM Basic or Refresher workshops, please click here.

Anyone needing an EIM workshop will sign up online through their EIM account. The sign-up process is explained once you access your EIM account; please contact your parish or Catholic school EIM site administrator if you need assistance or if you do not have Internet access.

Click here to login to your EIM account in order to find the schedule of EIM workshops and to sign up. Instructions are provided in case you do not recall how to login to your EIM account.

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